C R E A T I V E W R I T I N G

A Pagan's Response to a Christian

Christianity is the path you choose to follow, sir. It is not mine. This does not mean that my path is any better than yours, or vice versa. They both lead to the same place. It is the manner in which they do this, and our reasons for taking them, that make us different.

We both seek to reach the top of the mountain. Your path leads straight to the summit -- but what will you do when you get there? What will you have learned? The path you have chosen separates you from life. It turns the mountain into an obstacle. In your anticipation, you have alienated the "mundane." But without the mountain, you would have no path.

I do not wish to conquer the mountain, sir. I only wish to know it. My path is less direct, though perhaps more thorough. It winds and wanders; sometimes it even crosses yours. It calls my attention to every pebble, every shrub. To me, the mountain is a gift. To waste it would be more tragic than any hardship I may encounter because of my choice . . . for I learn from them all.

Thus, I am content: When I have learned all there is to know of the mountain, I need go no further. I will already have reached the top.

-- Flicker Copyright 1998

Faerie Queen

by Clover Aurora MoonSky
Faerie Queen
High as the moon
High as the sun
Floats like a petal
Flies like a star
I wanna be that Faerie Queen
Lowly me
Creeping along
All hundred plus pounds of me
I'm no Faerie Queen
Lowly me
Crawling on my knees
I wanna be that Faerie Queen
Lowly me
Scratched by twigs and burrs
I'm no Faerie Queen
Lowly me
Higher than a star
Higher than the heavens
Lowly me
Lying in the lake

POLL
How Far Out of the Broomcloset Are You? These are the results we got when we asked the question: Who have you told about your religious choice? 8% are still in the broomcloset 17% have told only their closest friends 29% have told both their friends and parents 21% only tell those who ask 25% Other 'Other responses we got were: 'Some friends and one parent','Only parents',and 'Everyone!'

S T A R L I G H T R E V I E W

Book Review:

The Wicca Spellbook
Author: Gerina Dunwich
pp:190
Published:Citadel Press,1994
Reviewed by Clover Aurora MoonSky

GERINA Dunwich is one of those authors who touches me. She (like me) doesn't reach out and grab the norm. She strives to be different. "The Wicca Spellbook" is just so.

THE book is basically a collection of random spells. The spells are mostly following the Wiccan Rede. But some do not. That's one of the problems that I have with the book. Another is that though there are recipes, there aren't enough! I love to cook for the Sabbats, but I haven't been able to find a whole lot of recipes. The ones she has in there are absolutely beautiful, though. Who in the world would have thought of "gingerbread Witches"? Certainly not I.

THE book, along with it's spells and recipes, has information about the Sabbats, a small dream dictionary, information on how to predict the future, etc.

IF you haven't read it already, I highly recommend that you do. It's a must for every Witch's library. :)


MAGICKAL NOTES

A Dream Spell

To dream of a certain person:
        1 Chunk of Amethyst
        3 Rose petals
        1 Lock of Hair
        1 piece of daisy Root
        1 Drop Rose or Patchouli Oil (optional)
        1 Pink Candle (melted so wax binds all together)
        
Take the amethyst, rose pedals, lock of hair, daisy root, and empower all of them with what you want them to do (in this case being dream magick of a lover or friend). Place the amethyst next to your bed, atop it lay the rose petals, hair(the person of whom you wish to dream of's hair), and the daisy root. If you wish you may top it all off with rose or patchouli oil,and melted pink wax! To be done during the new moon, right before bed.While laying down before going to sleep, keep the thought of the person in mind. (from my B.O.S. this is my own original spell!) ( you have probably seen this one, I've posted it on the web a few times)

By Silver Willow (California) 1998

Ritual Cup

by Psyche

Here is and idea for your ritual cup.
Berry Iced Tea (This one goes great with any cake or bread recipe) You'll need:
3/4 cup Iced Tea (Lipton's the best)
1/4 cup Cranberry Juice (or pick your favorite berry drink)
Just mix'em together and there you go.

Punch
2 1/2 cups cold ginger ale
2 cups cold white grape juice
2 cups cold lemonade
Mix all the ingredients in a punch bowl and serve. *You can make ice hands to put in the drink by filling sugical rubber glovs with water and freezing.After it's frozen just take them out of the gloves and prop them up in your punch bowl. Page 5

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